Honda’s Marc Marquez became the youngest MotoGP champion in history with a third-place finish in the final round of 2013 season at the Valencia Circuit in Spain. Jorge Lorenzo won the race with Dani Pedrosa in second. But the 20-year-old's podium finish meant that he secured the championship over Lorenzo by a mere four points.
Marquez’s season was nothing short of historic. Among his many accomplishments this year: He is the second rookie to win the championship — after Kenny Roberts in 1978 — and the fourth rider ever to take a title in all of the top three classes. (Fourth-place finisher, Valentino Rossi, is the only other current rider to have done so.) Alvaro Bautista rode to an uneventful fifth with Stefan Bradl in sixth and Bradley Smith in seventh. Smith’s teammate, Cal Crutchlow, crashed out of his final race with the Tech 3 team with 21 laps to go in the contest. Crutchlow will ride for the factory Ducati team next year.
The man Crutchlow will replace on the Italian manufacturer’s team, Nicky Hayden, finished eighth with the Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso and Michele Pirro rounding out the top 10.
The race was combative in the early going with Lorenzo trying both to stay out front and to keep the pace slow enough to give Marquez competition from other riders. But the decision proved problematic as it forced Lorenzo into a fight with Pedrosa. The pair bumped several times in the early laps as Pedrosa tried to push past his Yamaha rival.
With 20 laps to go, Lorenzo dove inside and pushed Pedrosa wide (and nearly off the track) to grab the lead for good. Seemingly aware that his slower pace could put his own win at risk, Lorenzo began to forge ahead at the front and hope for the best. Marquez appeared content to settle in behind Lorenzo, confident that if he stayed planted close to the 2012 champion, he would take the crown.
In the end, that is just what happened. Pedrosa climbed back from sixth and eventually took second from a steady Marquez in the closing laps. Lorenzo won with nearly a four-second margin. And Marquez crossed the line in third as the new world champion.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time / Diff.|
|13||71||Claudio CORTI||FTR Kawasaki||+1'11.481|
|15||5||Colin EDWARDS||FTR Kawasaki||+1'24.249|
|17||70||Michael LAVERTY||ART||1 Lap|
|18||23||Luca SCASSA||ART||1 Lap|
|19||67||Bryan STARING||FTR Honda||1 Lap|
|20||45||Martin BAUER||S&B Suter||1 Lap|